This is one of my most important articles.
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” proverbs 16.6
I have been promoting grace primarily as forgiveness and righteousness, (while grace certainly includes that), I’ve not been equally-promoting the power of grace to live in holiness and sin abstinence. This was because I was abusing grace, repeatedly engaging in habitual, unrepentant sins, (sins that God previously delivered me from). That makes me very sinful, a liar, and a hypocrite. But praise be to God for the prodigal son story, because I’ve repented. And praise God, He delivered me from those sins yet again. And I only want to worship the Son in spirit and in truth.
Let this lesson that I learned from God be used to help others for His glory. I have prayed that God forgive me for my rebellion against Him in my habitual sinning, and for my misrepresenting His message to others. And I also ask you the reader, to forgive me for my misrepresenting God’s grace to you as well.
Please bear in mind too, that I’m not advocating for legalism. Legalism is horrible. I’m discussing being obedient to the indwelling Spirit.
“Grace” in reality, empowers us to live for God to much higher standards than the law. Grace gives us an inner craving to live to please God in every aspect of our thinking and behavior, and the power to work it out. Grace empowers us to love God and man in ways that far exceeds legal statutes.
We should constantly be on our face, seeking for God to help us purge the sin that continually creeps into our lives. That’s what I did, God caused me to know that I was very wrong in my spiritual life.
My marginalizing and excusing my habitual sin in my life was destroying my witness, destroying my joy, and sinfully making a mockery of the grace and empowerment of God. And I was entirely at fault, because I ignored God’s voice in my spirit to obey Him.
So now I begin anew in my walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. And because I felt that my hypocrisy so polluted my ministry, I deleted all of my previous posts except for my salvation testimony.
Observe Romans 6.14-18, this says perfectly what I’m trying to say…